Walker & Barr, DMD

Technology

At Walker & Barr, DMD, we continually strive to provide you with the latest treatments available. Advancements in technology increase patient comfort, shorten the time spent in the dentist’s chair, and result in fewer office visits.

During your visit to our Brandon, FL, dental office, you will benefit from only the most advanced technology, techniques, materials, and equipment to provide you with the highest-quality dental care.

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Digital Records

At Walker & Barr, DMD, we have switched to digital patient records because we want to streamline our office systems, reduce waste, and make your appointments efficient and productive. You won’t see mountains of paper files here because all your information is stored safely on our secure in-house network.

Dental history, medications, x-rays, treatment plans, and any other details related to your dental care are easily accessible by everyone on our professional team. If we need to share information with specialists or your insurance company, we can transmit them safely and securely at the touch of a button.

Picasso diode laser at dentist in Brandon, FL

Picasso Diode Laser

Laser dentistry offers many benefits, including making dental treatment more efficient and comfortable for our patients. With our Picasso diode laser, we can treat periodontal disease painlessly, with less bleeding and faster recovery times.

We also use our diode laser to treat tooth sensitivity and provide immediate pain relief from cold sores. If you have a “gummy” smile, laser dentistry also enables us to recontour gum tissue with a high degree of accuracy.

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Intraoral Cameras

Your Brandon dental team uses intraoral cameras to magnify images of your mouth up to 10–40 times and view them together on your chairside monitor. Intraoral cameras allow our dentists to see issues that may not appear during a visual exam or on an x-ray and diagnose and treat them before they become serious.

Because we view the real-time images together, our dentists can show you potential problem areas like a cavity or broken tooth that we need to address. You are actively involved in your exam and diagnosis, so you can understand your oral health needs and why we may recommend treatment.

Intraoral camera imaging is also effective for revealing deficits in at-home oral hygiene routines and helping us determine where you need to focus your efforts. We can also save images from your exam and include them in your digital patient record to refer to in the future.

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Carestream 3600® Digital Impressions

The Carestream 3600® is an intraoral scanner that takes digital impressions of your teeth to make your appointments more comfortable and efficient. This pen-shaped device scans your teeth to create a digital model on a computer and eliminates the need for traditional, goopy molds.

Using an intraoral scanner to take impressions is more comfortable for you and produces significantly more accurate and detailed results than traditional paste impressions. The level of detail possible with these scans allows our dentists to deliver precise, well-fitting results when creating tooth restorations like dental crowns, bridges, and dentures.

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Nitrous Oxide or "Laughing Gas"

Patients with dental anxiety can benefit from the extra relaxation of nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas. Nitrous oxide won’t knock you out, but It will put you in a nice, mellow and relaxed state for a calm experience where you won’t be as aware of what’s happening around you.

Our team will monitor you during your procedure as you inhale the gas through a small breathing mask. Before you leave, we will have you breathe pure oxygen for several minutes to clear your head so you can safely drive home from your appointment.

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Patient getting VELScope Oral Cancer Screening in Brandon, FL

VELScope Oral Cancer Screening

VELscope is a revolutionary diagnostic tool capable of detecting oral cancer, precancerous lesions, viral infections, and other oral diseases.

Conditions that we can detect with VELscope include:

  • Oral cancer
  • Precancerous lesions
  • Viral, fungal, and bacterial infections
  • Inflammation from a variety of causes
  • Traumatic lesions and areas of trauma
  • Salivary gland tumors
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Rotary Endodontics for Stress-Free Root Canals

If you dread the thought of root canals, you’ll appreciate the efficiency and comfort of our rotary endodontic technology. Instead of the traditional approach that uses hand instruments to remove the infected pulp, our dentists use this technology that dramatically reduces treatment times.

Because of its design, rotary endodontic technology also reaches deeper into root canals to ensure that every trace of infection is gone. You won’t experience the strange sensations of a traditional root canal, and the result is a comfortable procedure with excellent long-term outcomes.

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Safe, Low-Dose Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are faster, safer, and more environmentally friendly than traditional silver-oxide x-rays. These images require up to 80 percent less radiation and are no longer developed in caustic and damaging chemical solutions.

Instead, the new system immediately transmits images to a treatment room computer monitor for instant access by both the professional team and the patient. We can also manipulate digital x-ray images to enlarge, highlight, magnify, and invert them to give the patient and doctor the information needed to make accurate diagnoses and confident treatment decisions.

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Panoramic X-Rays

Routine digital dental x-rays are invaluable for detecting cavities, infection, and bone loss in certain parts of the mouth. Sometimes our dentists need a more comprehensive view, and that’s when they turn to panoramic x-rays.

As you might guess from the name, a panoramic x-ray provides a single continuous image of your entire mouth from one side to the other. In a panoramic x-ray, our dentists can see all your teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding structures in a single scan. 

Our dentists use panoramic x-rays to identify infections, impacted teeth, jaw abnormalities, tumors, and growths. 

 

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